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Chez Es Saada

42 E. 1st St., New York, NY 10003 40.724011 -73.990096
between First and Second Aves.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-777-5617 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Southern/Soul
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

chezessaada.com

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Celeb-Spotting
  • Good for Groups
  • Live Music
  • Romantic
  • Singles Scene

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Even before the recent renovation by the artist Izhar Patkin, Chez Es Saada’s subterranean dining room scored serious swank points: Just down a glamorous rose-petal-strewn stairway, you could find East Village swells sipping Moroccan-esque cocktails (like the Palmyra with vodka, lime juice and mint leaves) amid a belly dancer shaking her bejeweled stuff. But along with Patkin’s new splashes of color came a new menu, from Ido Ben Shmuel, that is, at last, up to the decadence of the décor: softshell crabs on a swirl of spicy North African pesto; a crisp, open-faced dumpling in a pool of hot broth; pomegranate-sweet short ribs nestled in creamy potatoes—even a clever use of tapioca pearls infused with garlic and salt, topped with charred tendrils of squid which makes the perfect companion for a French Whore (cognac, cointreau, sour cherry puree and champagne).

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